MBA Specializations Offered and Classes

Students in the FT/PT MBA program can choose from 11 optional MBA specializations listed below. Specializations are completed by taking a group of designated electives as part of the general MBA elective requirement.

Students can specialize in more than one area or select a mix of courses based on personal or professional goals. For more information about individual specializations, view the elective courses within the MBA specializations below.

Visit the Online Course Catalog to view a list of course offerings and descriptions. *Course scheduling is subject to change.

Accounting

Students in the accounting specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

Courses required to sit for the CPA exam
MBA AF 611 Intermediate Accounting 
MBA AF 612 Cost Accounting 
MBA AF 613 Federal Tax Planning 
MBA AF 614 Financial and Managerial Auditing 
MBA AF 618 Accounting Information Systems

Additional course options to complete accounting specialization
MBA AF 615 International Accounting 
MBA AF 616 Financial Statement Analysis 
MBA AF 637 Financial Reporting Fraud Examination 
MBA AF 640 Accounting Data Analytics

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their accounting specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium 
MBA AF 699 Master Thesis Option 

Students may participate in an internship in the accounting industry and apply the one course toward their accounting specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum 

*Courses required to sit for the CPA exam do not apply as 1 of 4 courses required to complete the accounting specialization

 

Business Analytics

Students may complete a specialization and/or a certificate in Business Analytics by completing the following four courses

Required Courses
MSIS 670 Business Intelligence 
MSIS 671 Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence 
MSIS 672 Enterprise Data Mining for Predictive Analytics 
MSIS 656 Information Storage and Management 

 

Digital Marketing

Students in the digital marketing specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

Required Course:
MBAMKT 682 Digital Marketing

Elective Courses:
MBAMKT 671 Marketing Research 
MBAMKT 676 Marketing Analytics 
MBAMKT 677 Database & Digital Marketing 
MBAMKT 691 Social Media Marketing 

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the 2 courses towards their Digital Marketing specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium 
MBA AF 699 MTO 

Students may participate in an internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their Digital Marketing specialization

MBA MGT 698 Practicum

 

Environmental Management

Students in the environmental management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBAMGT 671L Introduction to Environmental Management 
MBAMGT 688L Business and Climate Change 
MBA AF 631 Environmental Accounting and Finance 
MBAMGT 698 Practicum (relevant internship or an environment management related project if employed full-time)
MBAMGT 696 Independent Study (complete a research project with an available faculty member)

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their Environmental Management specialization

The School for Environment offers courses that can be used toward environmental management specialization requirements. Courses that can be taken as an elective include but are not limited to:

ENVSCI 670L Environmental and Energy Economics
MBAMGT 674/ENVSCI 674L Climate and Energy: Law, Policy, and Management
ENVSCI 675L Economics of Renewables: Energy Resource
ENVSCI 718L Environmental Law & Policy: Federal Agencies, Courts, and Congress

 

Finance

Students in the finance specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

Finance courses
MBA AF 622 Global Portfolio Investment Management
MBA AF 623 Financial Modeling 
MBA AF 625 Derivative Securities 
MBA AF 628 Portfolio Analysis and Investment Management 
MBA AF 632 Asset Management Practicum MBA AF 634 Risk Management 
MBA AF 636 Quantitative Analysis of Business Data

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the 2 courses towards their Finance specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 Master Thesis Option (MTO)

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course towards their Finance specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum

 

Information Systems

Students in the information systems specialization must complete three courses

MSIS 614 Business Data Communications and Computer Networks 

MSIS 615 Object-Oriented Information Systems 
MSIS 617 Management of the Supply Chain 
MSIS 618 Database Management
MSIS 619 Systems Analysis and Design 
MSIS 630 Project and Change Management 

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the 2 courses to their Information Systems specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 MTO

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course towards their Information Systems specialization

MBA MGT 698 Practicum

 

International Management

Students in the international management specialization must complete three courses from the list below and must choose courses from at least 3 of the 4 areas listed.

Accounting/Finance Courses
MBA AF 615 International Accounting
MBA AF 622 Global Portfolio Investment Management
MBA AF 630 International Economy and Business

Management Courses
MBAMGT 665 International and Comparative Management
MBAMGT 675 Managing in the Global Economy
MBAMGT 685 Global Industry and Competitive Analysis (study abroad trip varies each term)
MBAMGT 688L Business and Climate Change

Marketing Courses
MBAMKT 674 International Marketing
MBAMKT 680 Entrepreneurship in the US & China (study abroad trip)

Operations Management Course
MSIS 617 Management of the Supply Chain

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their International Management specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 MTO

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their International Management specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum

 

Leadership & Organizational Change

Students in the leadership & organizational change (LOC) specialization must complete a total of four courses:

Required Courses
MBAMGT 683 Leadership & Management in the 21st Century 
MBAMGT 665 Cross-Cultural and Comparative Management 

Electives (Choose Two):
MBAMGT 652 Labor Relations 
MBAMGT 664 The Legal Environment of Business 
MBAMGT 671 Introduction to Environmental Management 
MBAMGT 675 Managing in the Global Economy 
MBAMGT 687 Nonprofit Management 
MBAMKT 691 Social Media Marketing 
MBAACM 684 Written Communication for Managers

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their Finance specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 MTO

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their finance specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum

 

Marketing

Students in the marketing specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

Required Course
MBAMKT 671 Marketing Research 

Elective Courses:
MBAMKT 668 Entrepreneurship Sales & Marketing
MBAMKT 673 Marketing Communications 

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their Marketing specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 MTO

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their Marketing specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum

Students may also complete one additional course to earn the Contemporary Marketing Graduate Certificate

 

Nonprofit Management

Students in the nonprofit management specialization must complete four courses, as follows:

Required Course
MBAMGT 687 Nonprofit Management 

Electives (Choose Three):
MBA AF 627 Health System Financial Management 
MBAMGT 680 Management of Health Care Organizations
MBAMGT 681 Health Systems and Public Policy 
MBAACM 684 Written Communication for Managers 

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their Nonprofit Management specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 MTO

Students may participate in an Internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their Nonprofit Management specialization

MBA MGT 698 Practicum

 

Supply Chain and Service Management

Students in the supply chain and service management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBAMS 652 Lean & Six Sigma 
MSIS 617 Management of the Supply Chain 
MSIS 630 Project and Change Management 
MSIS 631 Operational Risk Management 
MBAMS 638 Management Decision Models 
MSIS 643 Decision and Risk Analysis 

Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their Supply Chain & Service Management specialization

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium
MBA AF 699 Master Thesis Option (MTO)

Students may participate in an internship in the finance industry and apply the one course toward their Supply Chain & Service Management specialization

MBAMGT 698 Practicum